We get federal funds to act as an agent for change. We use funds to advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families. We do this, in part, by giving grants to organizations. These include nonprofits, for-profits, local and state agencies and education groups. We do not give grants to individuals.
We fund projects that bring change to policies, programs and systems. Projects should be effective and meet specific needs. They should be able to continue without constant funding. The aim is to change or grow existing community programs in a positive way.
We may also fund projects about: outreach; training; technical assistance; community support and education; collaboration and coordination; getting rid of barriers; systems design; development of citizen groups or informing policymakers.
There are no open Requests for Proposal (RFPs) at this time. Please check back soon.
The Up Center made a board game called SAFARI. This game helped Direct Service Professionals (DSP) to get to know the people with developmental disabilities (DD) that they serve. This game was made to help reduce DSP turnover. This would then improve quality of life for the people they serve.
A wellness program was made to train community groups in Shenandoah Valley. The training helps these groups to support the health of people with disabilities.
Radford University worked with schools and parents in Waynesboro City and Pulaski County. They helped the schools and parents to fight for more inclusion. They formed teams and held workshops. Schools that are inclusive support the minds, emotions and health of students with disabilities.
Ability First is a fitness and wellness program. They help people with developmental disabilities (DD) who live in rural areas. The program helps people to live healthy.
With funding from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, Ability First can connect people with disabilities to opportunities within their communities to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. I believe that we can create more inclusive communities where everyone — regardless of ability, race or gender — are looked at equally.– Dr. Thomas E Moran, Executive Director of Empowerment3 and JMU Kinesiology Professor
Grantee Tip Sheets:
Applicants must register through the DD Suite system. There, please submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) and/or Proposal Application. At DD Suite, you can download the current RFP, proposal forms and other documents.